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18:30 Choral Evensong Service at St James Church

Sunday 13th January, 2019

 

Choral Evensong service held at St James.

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Intercessions
Sue Chadwick
Readings
Isaiah 55:1-11 - read by Trevor Thomas
Romans 6:1-11 - read by Barbara Thomas
Hymns
From The Eastern Mountains544
Brightest And Best Of The Sons Of The Morningview lyrics
The Day Thou Gavest, Lord Is Ended465

 

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Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11

Isaiah 55:1-11

read by Trevor Thomas

"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor."
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

 

 

Reading: Romans 6:1-11

Romans 6:1-11

read by Barbara Thomas

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Hymn: From The Eastern Mountains

From The Eastern Mountains

Words: Godfrey Thring (1823-1903)
Music: W. H. Monk (1823-89)

 

 

Hymn: Brightest And Best Of The Sons Of The Morning

Brightest And Best Of The Sons Of The Morning

Words: Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
Music: J. F. Thrupp (1827-67)

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.
Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
odours of Edom, and offerings divine,
gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favour secure:
richer by far is the heart's adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

 

 

Hymn: The Day Thou Gavest, Lord Is Ended

The Day Thou Gavest, Lord Is Ended

Words: John Ellerton (1826-93)
Music: C C Scholefield (1839-1904)

 

 

 

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